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International Crimes Tribunal

Prosecution returns 'faulty' probe report

For the first time ever, the international crimes tribunals chief prosecutor's office has sent a report on two war crimes suspects back to the investigation agency, citing errors. Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipoo yesterday returned the report with other documents and recommended further investigations of alleged Razakars of Kishoreganj Nasir Uddin Ahmed and his brother Shamsuddin Ahmed, said a prosecutor and an investigator. Nasir, 62, a former army officer, and Shamsuddin, 60, a lawyer of Kishoreganj, are the sons of late...

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by International Crimes Tribunal further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Bergman was sentenced to a symbolic “simple imprisonment till the rising of...

Bergman found guilty of contempt

Bergman found guilty of contempt

A tribunal in Dhaka today found David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, guilty of the contempt of court for demeaning the court through his blog post on the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced him “simple imprisonment until the rising of the court” and also fined him TK 5,000. The tribunal...

Jessore war crimes suspect Sakhawat Hossain held

Jessore war crimes suspect Sakhawat Hossain held

Police arrested a war crimes suspect Mawlana Sakhawat Hossain at Uttar Khan in Dhaka this evening. Sakhawat Hossain, 70, former lawmaker of Jamaat and BNP in Jessore-6 (Keshabpur), went on hiding since a war crimes probe against him began in February 2011. Law enforcers arrested him from the ground floor of a house at Masterpara in Uttar Khan around 6:00pm, Yunus Ali, officer-in-charge of Uttar Khan Police Station, told The Daily Star. The war crimes investigation agency received a number of allegations of murder, mass killing and other crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War against Sakhawat. A probe which started on April 1, 2012, would soon be completed and the report...

CONVICTION OF WAR CRIMINALS

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

The foreign ministry today strongly protested adoption of a resolution by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Provincial Assembly of Pakistan on the conviction of the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity and genocide during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. In a diplomatic note sent to the Pakistan high commission in Dhaka, the ministry deplored the adoption of the said resolution. “It was a brazen denial of justice for the victims of the heinous crimes committed by the convicted individuals and that the KPK Assembly chose to speak for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami,” the foreign ministry said in the diplomatic note. The KPK Assembly was advised not to make such sweeping, biased, misinformed and...

WAR TRIAL

Mobarak to hang

Mobarak to hang

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The 64-year-old has also been awarded him life term imprisonment for killing one Abdul Khaleque as the International Crimes Tribunal-1 found Mobarak guilty in...

Charges proved against Mobarak

Charges proved against Mobarak

Mobarak Hossain, a leader of Brahmanbaria Awami League, was guilty of two out of total five charges levelled against him for committing crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The tribunal awarded him the capital punishment for killing 33 people on the west bank of Ganga Sagar Dighi in Brahmanbaria on...

ICT cautions media

ICT cautions media

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 chairman today asked the media to be cautious while reporting trial proceedings. “Events should be reported when it happens,” said Justice M Enayetur Rahim. He came with the remarks before starting delivery of the verdict against Awami League local leader Mobarak Hossain in a war crimes case. The tribunal sat at...

Slack second spell of hartal underway

Slack second spell of hartal underway

  The second spell of the countrywide hartal sponsored by the Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the death penalty of party chief Motiur Rahman Nizami is underway in Dhaka in a relaxed manner. The shutdown started at 6:00am today and will continue till 6:00am on Tuesday. Public transportation was seen plying city streets though the traffic appeared shallower than...

Jamaat calls 24-hr hartal for Thursday

Jamaat calls 24-hr hartal for Thursday

Aggrieved by today's war crimes verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali, the party has called a countrywide 24-hour hartal (shutdown) for Thursday. The party will enforce a 6:00am Thursday, a staff of Jamaat publicity wing told The Daily Star. Jamaat has been observing a 72-hour nationwide general strike enforced protesting the death penalty awarded...

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